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Willful Misconduct: How Bill Frist and the Drug Lobby Covertly Bagged a Liability Shield

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Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher(s): Public Citizen, inc.

Author(s): John O'Donnell

Topic: Health (Pharmaceutical services)
Law and ethics (Liability, torts, and personal injury)
Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: drug; lobbying; pandemic; liability

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Drug industry lobbyists conspired with the White House and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) last year to craft a sweeping liability provision that shields the industry from lawsuits over products used to treat pandemic illnesses, even in cases of gross negligence or gross recklessness, according to a report issued by Public Citizen.